How to Apply for a Restraining Order

How to Apply for a Restraining Order

February 2018

This article was produced by CLS, GHLA, NHLAA, and SLS.

If you are in danger of being hurt...

If you are in danger of being hurt by a family member or someone you are or have been dating, you can ask the family court for a temporary restraining order (TRO). A temporary restraining order is a paper from the court that tells someone to stop hurting, threatening, or stalking you.

If you are in danger right now, call 9-1-1. You can also contact a domestic violence program in Connecticut by calling the 24-hour statewide hotline at 888-774-2900. They can help you with emergency shelter, information, and more.

What if I need the order to last longer?

What is the difference between a temporary restraining order and a protective order?

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